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World Day Against Child Labour- 12 June;Message for World Day Against Child Labour

2014 Theme: Extend social protection: combat child labour!

The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.

Around the world, large numbers of children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of a third party or employer. These children can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Their work is often hidden from the public eye, they may be isolated, and they may be working far away from their family home. Stories of the abuse of children in domestic work are all too common.

World Day 2014 calls for:

Action to introduce, improve and extend social protection, in line with the ILO Recommendation No. 202 on social protection floors.
National social security systems that are sensitive to children’s needs and help fighting child labour.
Social protection that reaches out to especially vulnerable groups of children.


Message for World Day Against Child Labour
Statement attributable to the President of the General Assembly

United Nations, New York, 12 June 2014

Each year on June 12, the United Nations family observes World Day Against Child Labour. 168 million children still engage in illegal forms of labour, mostly in the informal economy and agriculture. Eighty-five million of these children work in severely hazardous conditions. Several millions more are victims of forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation, and other illicit activities.

But in recent years we have made progress. Since 2000, the United Nations has reduced child labour by one third, with the fastest decline achieved between 2008 and 2012. By pursuing increasingly successful, integrated approaches - treating not just the symptoms of child labour but also targeting its roots, we have made prevention the heart of our response.

Imagine a world in which every child attended school and nobody was forced to work against their will. This year's World Day theme "Extend Social Protection:Combat Child Labour!" stresses the central role of programs that reduce poverty and vulnerability.

I call on Member States to recognize that social protection is a right, one that is central to the task of ending child labour. We must work to ensure that children have access to basic resources including nutrition, health and education, so that they may fully realize their potential.